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Energizer loses two battery accounts, will buy a J&J unit

(Reuters) - Energizer Holdings Inc <ENR.N> said on Wednesday that two U.S. retailers planned to stop selling its batteries, adding pressure to its sagging sales. Full story

U.S. judge rejects Fed cap on debit card swipe fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve ignored the intent of Congress regarding a controversial cap on debit card "swipe fees" that are part of a dispute between banks and retailers. Full story

Rihanna wins case against UK retailer Topshop

Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission. Full story

Spain's retail sales slump stretches to three years, hampering recovery

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish retail sales fell for the thirty-sixth month running in June, offering a snapshot of the shrinking consumer spending that is hampering a long-awaited economic recovery. Full story

Alliance Data's 2nd-qtr profit jumps 19 percent

Alliance Data Systems Corp., which manages loyalty and rewards programs for retailers and others, posted a 19 percent increase in second-quarter earnings, led by growth in its private label business. Full story

Office Depot reports 2nd quarter loss

Office supply retailer Office Depot Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter net loss stayed about the same because of costs related to its $1.2 billion proposed combination with its rival OfficeMax Inc. and sales remained sluggish. Full story

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Hudson's Bay CEO bets big on department stores with Saks buy

Hudson's Bay buying Saks for about $2.4 billion

Schumer: Tracking shoppers through phones invasive

Japan June retail sales rise 1.6 percent year on year

Briggs & Stratton cuts its full-year forecasts

Big business hopes to bring big money to the CSRA

GNC Holdings 2nd-quarter net income rises

Penguin promises EU regulator to scrap Apple ebook deals

News Summary: EU cracks down on card payment fees

Greece softens Sunday shopping rules to boost economy

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  Can retail momentum continue?

Fast Money traders Stephanie Link and Simon Baker debate the trade on luxury retailer Coach. Steve Kernkraut, Durban Capital, provides the play on the Hudson's Bay bid for Saks. Also, the outlook for the retail sector ahead of back-to-school sales.

  Amazon to add thousands of new jobs in US

The online retailing giant says it will add 5,000 new full time jobs to its U.S. distribution centers to meet demand in 13 states.

  JC Penney sales misleading, employees say

Two JC Penney employees allege that some of the retailer’s sales do not really offer bargains, because the regular prices have been inflated. NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports.

  Retailers are using your phone to track shopping habits

Shoppers’ movements can now be tracked through smartphone data, thanks to retail-monitoring tech companies. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports and analyst Hitha Prabhakar discusses the practice.

  Stores use cell phones to track consumers

The New York Times reports retail stores like Nordstrom are beginning to track its customers’ movements by following their mobile wi-fi signals. Marlene Morris Towns of Georgetown University discusses.

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